His previous stint proved to be a dud on the box office but filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is back to doing what he loves the most. The filmmaker has revealed the first stills of his upcoming directorial venture, Mere Pyare Prime Minister.
The film is about four kids who live in a Mumbai slum and share a strong bond of friendship.
Rakeysh has kick-started the shoot at real locations which were finalised after a month’s recce.
“The subject has been simmering on a slow fire for three years. I’m a Delhi boy and all my films—Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mirzya—were all set in the North. But I’ve been living in Mumbai since 1988 and have seen it transform into a world city. The buildings are taller now but there are still slums around them that have always intrigued me and made me follow the path of Salaam Bombay, Slumdog Millionare and other stories which have grown out of them,” the filmmaker said in a press statement.
During the recce, Mehra was seen hanging out with kids and was amazed at how vibrant life there was despite all the challenges.
“Your mindset is shaped by your perceptions. Someone living in a taller building would look down on the slums and their inmates without realising that someone lived in a high-rise would be looking down at them. Ditto developing countries viz-a-viz richer nations,” he said.
“My film is not so much about comparisons as it is a story of people and relationships, survival and not giving up, the endeavour to lead a better life. There is no attempt to overplay or undermine. It’s about seeing this world through different eyes and finding beauty and inspiration in it,” the filmmaker said.
He also said that they began shooting a Holi song with 200 people and by the time it was over, there were 1,000 people around and everyone was drenched in colour.
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